Brian Koide, 40, gently eases his long, lean torso onto a toddler-size chair at Crowell & Moring’s Bright Horizons child care center. There’s chili for lunch today, but Koide’s 2-year-old twins, Simon and Ian, seem more interested in playing with their plastic drinking cups than in telling dad about their morning or chowing down.

In fact, they seem a bit puzzled to see Koide, who dropped them off just two hours earlier on his way to work. Tumbling around in the sunny center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C, they don’t know how lucky they are that dad’s office is just a block away. But Koide, a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s intellectual property group, does.